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Environmental policy

As an organisation we are committed to making a positive contribution to the protection of our environment.
This policy outlines how we will endeavour to do this.

Housing Rights is committed to making a positive contribution to the protection of our environment. In addition to adhering to all relevant environmental legislation and regulations we are committed to minimising our impact on the environment.

How we will do this

Reducing our consumption of materials and minimising waste through re-using and recycling, by:

  • whenever possible buying and recycled and environmentally friendly goods and services
  • recycling all recycled waste emitting from the organisation including food, plastic, paper and aluminium
  • reducing the amount of non-recycled rubbish from our organisation including plastic cups and bags
  • reducing wastage of stationary and paper and reusing where possible
  • whenever possible printing and photocopying documents double sided from copiers and printers
  • monitoring our levels of recycling through the destruction of confidential waste

Reducing our consumption of resources and seeking energy efficient tariffs, where available, by:

  • reducing our consumption of electricity and gas; (switching off) and seeking to ensure a green tariff, if available
  • encouraging conservation of water

Considering environmental issues across our policies and procedures, by for example:

  • providing the option for hybrid working through an agile working agreement that has the net impact of reducing relevant staffs’ commute to work which has positive environmental benefits
  • encouraging our staff in the use of environmentally sound means of transport in the course of their work where possible
  • reviewing our purchasing policy to ensure that the organisation is only buying the necessary products, and buying locally sourced goods where possible thereby reducing our carbon footprint
  • using electronic methods of communication and information storage where possible and appropriate to reduce paper usage and carbon footprint
  • continuing the digitization of our processes where it is possible and appropriate to do so

Empowering our staff to become informed about our environmental responsibilities, by:

  • regularly reviewing and updating our staff on our environmental policy
  • promoting local and national environmental initiatives
  • making our staff aware of the environmental duty of care placed on all of us and encouraging good practice and individual responsibility in sustaining our natural resources and surroundings
  • including environmental sustainability into staff and volunteer learning
  • encouraging the incorporation of  activities which promote environmental sustainability in our annual staff well-being programme